The city of London is one of the world’s great capitals, with one of the world’s biggest financial sectors and a vibrant, diverse culture that offers the best in accommodation, dining and entertainment.
As one of the world’s leading cities and a European economic powerhouse, London is one of the most popular destinations for private charter passengers.
Despite Brexit making headlines over the past two years, business visitors to London show no signs of staying away. In fact, London is currently the most popular business destination in Europe - and it has the airport infrastructure to maintain its top position well into the future.
Where to land - the best private terminals in London
With several airports in the London area offering private terminals, your private charter to the British capital may not necessarily land at Heathrow or Gatwick.
In this article, we take a look at some of London’s most popular private terminal airports.
These facilities offer premium service, expedited customs and check in procedures and a high level of privacy.
Luton Airport (LTN)
Luton Airport is the most popular private terminal airport in the London area by flight popularity. Its location in Bedfordshire, 46.7km north of central London.
First opened in 1938, the airport served an important purpose in World War 2 as a base for the Royal Air Force. After the war, Luton resumed civilian operations and began to host private charter aircraft in the 1960s.
With easy road access to the private terminal, Luton Airport is a convenient airport to depart from and arrive at. This is especially useful for business passengers with packed schedules.
Biggin Hill Airport (BQH)
London Biggin Hill Airport is located on Biggin Hill, 22km southeast of the British capital, with easy road access to central London. The airport’s location makes it ideal for business travellers to London.
Like Luton Airport, Biggin Hill was originally an RAF base, used by Britain in World Wars 1 and 2.
Today, the airport operates exclusively as a private jet terminal. With no commercial flights taking off or landing from Biggin Hill, passenger numbers are small - and that means less congestion.
Stansted Airport (STN)
Located 68km northeast of London, Stansted Airport is Britain’s gateway to Europe, with a large number of flights bound for the continent leaving from there.
Once used as an American air base, the airport has been serving charter passengers for over half a century. The airport serves both commercial and private aircraft, with a dedicated terminal for private charter passengers.
At the Inflite Jet Centre, Stansted’s FBO, private jet passengers experience first-rate service as they depart and arrive.
Stansted Airport is less than 90 minutes by road from central London, allowing easy access to the city’s commercial centre.
London City Airport (LCY)
London City Airport is just 11km east of central London and a quick drive from Canary Wharf.
The airport is a popular departure and arrival airport for business travellers headed for the city’s financial districts, with fast transfer times by road. The airport is currently planning an expansion programme, which will see its excellent facilities further upgraded.
With its proximity to the centre of London, this airport is ideal for business travellers with tight schedules that don’t have space for lengthy road transfers.
Gatwick Airport (LGW)
Gatwick Airport is London’s second-busiest after Heathrow. Serving both commercial and private jets, it is one of the world’s biggest single-use runway airports.
With both private and commercial flights departing and arriving constantly, Gatwick is sometimes considered to be crowded and a little rushed. Fortunately, private jet passengers have a very different experience at the airport.
Signature LGW operates Gatwick’s private jet terminal, providing check in, customs and security clearance, and hospitality services with a high standard of professionalism.
Passengers who have an interest in aviation and some time on their hands between flights may want to explore the Gatwick Aviation Museum and the nearby village of Charlwood.
Heathrow Airport (LHR)
London’s iconic Heathrow airport is the world’s second-busiest air travel hub, located 23 km west of the city centre.
Despite its large passenger volumes, private jet passengers need not worry about crowds and lengthy security checks at Heathrow.
Signature LHR provides comprehensive FBO services for private charter clients, who sometimes include members of the British royal family.
Choose your landing location with a private jet charter
One of the biggest benefits of flying private is the freedom to choose where your flight will land. Given the size of London and the number of airports surrounding the city, you can save a significant amount of time by choosing the one that’s near your final destination.
Landing close to your hotel, meeting place, or conference venue can save you valuable time and boost your productivity. It will also reduce the chance of being late due to traffic problems on busy motorways.
If you’d like to experience the ease and luxury of a private jet charter on your next trip to London, let us take care of the details. Get in touch today for a detailed itinerary and breakdown of costs.Book your flight